Category Archives: Freedom

This Shit’s Easy

Bullshitters aren’t innocent. They bullshit for a reason. If their purposes were honorable, they would be in possession of facts, of the truth of what’s really going on, and they wouldn’t need bullshit. Resorting to bullshit proves dishonesty on a … Continue reading

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Real Holiness

I’m returning to the notion of holiness which, like so many other ideas I’ve thought through, has a genuine, healthy interpretation that our culture has bastardized and perverted. Holiness has nothing to do with the things that people typically associate … Continue reading

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God Is Black — He Told Me So

God is black. If you read translated source material that theological beliefs are built on, or read theologically foundational, authoritative writings like those of early Christianity’s so-called “Church Fathers”, or Augustine, Aquinas, Pseudo-Dionysius, etc., you’ll see that “God is black” … Continue reading

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The Lord

I’m in the process of chipping away the myths encrusting the concept of authority so as to reveal its incoherent core — meaning its essential irrationality. This is just a small chip along the way. Try substituting “the Lord” with … Continue reading

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Standing in Truth — Without a Crutch

No matter what you think the truth is, and no matter what you think knowing the truth amounts to, here’s something that you can’t get around… If you know the truth because others convinced you that it’s the truth, (“truth” … Continue reading

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Lying

Just out on my other blog, but very relevant to Christians and faith, check it out! “Lying” on Millard’s Blog A few excerpts: When we feel powerless, lying gets really attractive. Lies are like mice. They can freak the problematic … Continue reading

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Give the Guy a Hand

      Check out my new page on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/MillardJMelnyk I’m finally asking for help to support my work. Here’s a peek: (Click above to read more…) If you like what I write and where it’s headed, then help … Continue reading

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Follow the Blessing

I haven’t posted here for a long time. Christianity per se just hasn’t been much on my radar. Today’s post on my other blog ought to keenly interest Christians, so here’s a link to the article: Follow the Blessing. Here’s … Continue reading

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Overcoming Evil With Good

I think a lot about what it means to “overcome evil with good”. There’s a lot of crap going on that qualifies for extremely undesirable and detrimental (my working definition of “evil”) and we seem to know squat about how … Continue reading

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Violent Love

In our violence-ridden, non-violence espousing, uber-offendable culture, we forget that men and women of peace are also men and women of violence, hatred, and anger. We suffered fools because they filled the world with their toxic counterfeits of “power” and … Continue reading

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Christ Manifested in the Flesh

This one’s a little Bible study on one of the most misunderstood concepts in the New Testament. 1 Timothy 3:16 And without controversy great is the mystery of godliness; He who was manifested in the flesh, Justified in the spirit, … Continue reading

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Idiots

What’s to be done with idiots? We all know that every trouble of the world is some idiot’s fault. Just ask anyone. Regardless what the problem, idiots are behind it, screwing things up for pleasure, pain, or profit. My lifelong … Continue reading

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Temptation

The temptations in your life are no different from what others experience. And God is faithful. He will not allow the temptation to be more than you can stand. When you are tempted, he will show you a way out … Continue reading

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Intimidation

I got beat down But I stood up You criticized my standing up It was not to your liking Alright But stand I will I got stifled But I spoke up You criticized my voice It was not to your … Continue reading

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Senses

They told me, “This is the way: gouge out your eyes.” So I did. Then they said, “We’ll lead you.” They told me, “This is the way: burn off your ears.” So I did. Then they said, “We’ll interpret for … Continue reading

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Narcissism

I’ve been interested in narcissism for a long time, partly ‘cuz I is one, as are we all. Also, because some of the most important people in my life were and are narcissists, big ones and little ones. Narcissism has, … Continue reading

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Fundamentalism

The root problem with fundamentalism is ridiculously simple, and it’s not what most people think. We might call fundamentalism inane or insane if it weren’t so often deadly serious. Dismissing and ridiculing it won’t help us understand it. As clearly … Continue reading

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Churches

I tried to explain to a friend recently why I have little interest in “fellowship” or any kind of church involvement. That got me thinking about churches. I love solitude. I enjoy being “alone.” Most of the stuff that goes … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 5: Outcome

(This is the last in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 4: Solution, we saw how answering “Says who?” makes the power of Paul’s identity solution accessible to us. … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 4: Solution

(This is fourth in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 3: Method, we saw how Paul settled his identity quandary. In this part, we’ll see how answering “Says who?” … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 3: Method

(This is third in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 2: Discovery, we looked at Paul’s novel approach to assigning responsibility for his shit. (see explanation). By disowning his … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 2: Discovery

(This is second in a five-part series of posts. To start at the beginning, click here.) In Controlling the Narrative, Part 1: Dilemma, we looked at Paul’s agonizing over who was responsible for the shit (see explanation) he described in … Continue reading

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Controlling the Narrative, Part 1: Dilemma

I’m trying to “build a platform” these days. That’s writer-speak for creating buzz around your work so that agents and publishers will take notice. In other words, marketing. I have less gag reaction to cesspools and eviscerated bodies. Well, maybe … Continue reading

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Expecting Miracles

A fellow believer took me to task yesterday about the presumptuousness of “expecting” miracles from God in his great response to my post Miracles On the Way to Truth. He and I have carried on a friendly debate about the … Continue reading

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So I’m “Back” — Greetings from England

Almost five months, now, since my last post. I’ve missed it. A little explanation is in order before I start firing away again. My Dad died in March. I notice that my last post prior to this one was just … Continue reading

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Miracles On the Way to Truth

Jesus talked about sending a “spirit of truth” and said it would “guide you into all the truth.” A reliable indicator that you are not following the spirit of truth is: you have no need for miracles. You might “believe” … Continue reading

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Children

This is now my personal theme song. It’s a declaration of fealty to children and war on adult stupidity. When adults learn how to treat children, all the wars will die. We were all taught in many ways–and most of … Continue reading

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The War on Christians

The February 13, 2012 issue of Newsweek was brought to my attention by a friend over the weekend. Its cover story, written by Ayaan Hirsi Ali, is The Global War on Christians in the Muslim World. (The image is clickable, … Continue reading

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The Church

I’ve been loving NakedPastor.com lately. Here’s the cartoon I got today. Click on the image to go to the full-size version on David Hayward’s site http://www.patheos.com/blogs/nakedpastor:   © www.nakedpastor.com The comments there are interesting. Today’s offering gave pause even to some of … Continue reading

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Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church

Last week, a cartoon and a flurry of related commentary brought Mark Driscoll and Mars Hill Church to my attention. Here’s the cartoon by David Hayward, “graffiti artist on the walls of the church,” showing Driscoll preaching from the midst … Continue reading

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